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Monday, November 30, 2020

Book Review: The Wicked Hour by Alice Blanchard

  Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook free of charge, from St Martin's Press, via #netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own

This one comes AFTER Halloween season, but it's still a fun holiday read!

the wicked hour cover


The day after Burning Lake’s notorious, debauched Halloween celebration, Detective Natalie Lockhart uncovers a heartbreaking scene—a young woman, dead and lying in a dumpster. There’s no clue to who she is, save for a mystifying tattoo on her arm, and a callus underneath her chin. She’s not from around here. No one knows who she is.

As Natalie retraces the young woman’s steps leading up to her death, she uncovers a deeper, darker horror—a string of murders and disappearances, seemingly unconnected, that may have ties to each other—and explain the abrupt disappearance of her best friend years ago.

As she digs deeper within the mind of the hunter, Natalie finds a darkness she could never have imagined. And as she draws closer to the truth, the killer is weaving a trap for her that may prove inescapable.


This is a fun new series to get into- this is book 2 and I plan on getting book 1 (Trace of Evil) over the holidays! Burning Lake sounds like a fun place to settle into, and Natalie is a modern policewoman in a small town. She has the burdens of marriage and children, so she is highly relatable. This page-turner will keep you up long into the night, thanks to the red herrings that make you think you have solved the case, only to fin in the next chapter that you hadn't, and Natalie has to sort through more clues and find hidden meanings, to see the truth that has been right in front of the town for years and years. The fast pace conclusion will leave you closing the book with satisfaction, so make you add this new series to your reading lists too!

About the Author:

Alice Blanchard is an award-winning author. She has received a PEN Award, a New Letters Literary Award, a Centrum Artists-in-Residence Fellowship, and a Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her debut novel, Darkness Peering, was a New York Times' Notable Book and a Barnes & Noble Best Mystery book. Her work has been published in 17 countries.

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